Loft conversion Building Regulations

In order to convert your loft into a liveable space, you’ll need to have Building Regulations approval.

On this page you’ll find everything you need regarding loft conversion Building Regulations for your home, up to properties of no more than two storeys high.

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Building Regulations need to be met to primarily ensure safety and include:

  • The new floor’s structural strength
  • The structure’s stability, including new rooftop
  • Fire safety and escape measures
  • A safe staircase to connect the room to the rest of the property
  • Satisfactory insulation to meet energy efficiency needs

With a loft conversion you may want to improve the storage capabilities or even add extra living space in the form of a bedroom, bathroom, office or even playroom. If you want to remove the hatch and replace it with stairs for ease of access, board the flooring, line the walls and rafters or improve insulation, you’ll probably need to seek Building Regulations.

Whatever your project, it’s recommended to contact Building Control and talk about your project to receive advice and find out information on acts such as The Party Wall.

Creating extra living space

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When it comes to your loft and converting the room, it’s likely you’ll need to make major alterations to the structure. Converting your loft into a bedroom for example will require much of the room to be drastically changed.

Without Building Regulations approval, alterations to the room could have an adverse effect on your home if not thought out adequately or completed with the requirements in mind. Receiving approval is vital in the future and you could be forced to return the loft to its original state if later found to be lacking legislation.


Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share

  • By converting your loft into a bedroom ensuite you can increase home value by as much as 20%.
  • A loft conversion is a cost-effective way to increase living space in the home.
  • A loft conversion can suit any need, including a bedroom, bathroom, living room, playroom or home gym.
  • Avoid thousands of pounds worth of fees and charges by converting your loft rather than moving home.

Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.